Tips of the Trade

Hi Folks,

After all the response on my 10.000 sales blog, i decided to write down some tips of the trade, many things you already know, but its always good to emphasize, things I learned from my experience here, some you may know, but has long forgotten, some you may dont know, even better:

- mind your acceptance ratio, this can seriously compromise your long term goals, I did loose a lot of time because of that, you loose it because you upload a lot and few are accepted and you loose it because after a while DT wont let you upload much.

© Nmedia
- be an active member of this community, I am pretty sure this helped and keep helping me a lot, I disagree with many people opinions sometimes, and the other way around, but eventually we learn stuff from each other and this helps me being a better stock photographer,

© Waxart
- be polite and respect others, you cant expect others to be helpful with you, and this includes DT staff, by being rude and crude in your comments in the forums,

- be an active member in other communities, DT community can help you a lot in microstock business related subjects, but its simply not as responsive for some subjects, specially technical ones, I used to be active in dpreview, they helped me perfect my gear and my technique, I learned about difraction with them, now I am investing in Google+, they are helping me a better photographer, a girl already gave me a tip on Photoshop CS6 that just changed my way of doing HDR photography, and it really does make a diference,

- be yourself, learn from others, but keep doing what you think is right, dont copycat, you will never be as good as the guy you are copying, but he can never be as good as you are if you do what you are good at. Besides that, you diferentiate yourself from the others and buyers will look for your work

© Piren
- variety is good, but not that much. Yes, if you add variety to your portfolio you will address a larger market, but you have to understand in what you are good at and what is not your thing, if you are afraid of dogs, dont try taking dog pictures, if you dont like radical sports, dont try taking pictures skydiving, if you dont have much patience and is not into details, forget about macro and studio photography. You can add variety within the themes you like, but still focused, buyers will eventually catch what kind of images you have in your portfolio and look for them. There is a travel magazine here in Brazil in which I normally find one or two of my images, every month! They are buying them here at DT, eventually they buy images from some others, but for sure most are from me, I am positive they are looking first at my portfolio, because they know I have a good chance to have what they are looking for, if they dont find it, than they look for the others.

- experiment, this might look contradicting with what I said before, but its not, always look at photographic oportunities and try new things, rent a diferent lens, try a new software, new lights, filter gels, do a photowalk, have fun, you will eventually go back to your standard way of taking pictures, but you will learn new things and apply them to your photography adding variety almost instinctively.

Well, I hope this helps, thats my way of saying thank you guys for all the support I have been receiving through this last 6 years.


Alexandre Fagundes

PS: This blog was made entirely with images from other fellow photographers here at DT.

Photo credits: Feverpitched, Alain Lacroix, Stefan Dahl, Nmedia, Pavel Ignatov, Sukmaraga, Waxart, Paulus Rusyanto.

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December 13, 2012


Thank you Victor312 for sharing a link in your blog and for all the kind words by Photobee, Anindyo, Calyx22 and Dprogers

December 12, 2012


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November 06, 2012


Thank you very much for sharing! Very good creativity!

November 03, 2012


Great! thank you for sharing :)

November 03, 2012


Wonderful article! Very useful advice, especially the part about being yourself.

October 31, 2012


Well done on making the blog from others' images :-)

October 29, 2012


Thank you all for your great support

October 29, 2012


great helpful hints and tips - thanks for sharing

October 28, 2012


Great blog, very interesting and informative. I'll have to try some of your ideas. Thanks.

October 27, 2012


Excellent, useful tips, Alexandre!! Thank you! :)

October 26, 2012


Thank you guys, your support has been awesome! Lorenzo, your blogs "I will be a Microstocker" rocks, they are very good! Congrats

October 26, 2012


great post, i like your story, i like the way you talk! there's always somenthing new to be learnt. have a nice day

October 26, 2012


Thank you for the great post. A lot of good information.

October 26, 2012


Great post. Thanks for sharing.

October 26, 2012


It seems to me you really enjoy your photography, Alexandre... and that maybe is the most important of all.

Keep enjoying!!

October 26, 2012


very inspiring post, hope I could emulate your success. Thanks

October 25, 2012


Thank you very much for sharing!

October 25, 2012


Thanks for sharing this great blog.

October 25, 2012


These are great advices, Afagundes. As always, you are a very good help for all. Keep being like this.

October 25, 2012


Thank you all for your terrific support.

October 25, 2012


Yes, exactly! great blog! :-)

October 25, 2012


Thanks for sharing!

October 25, 2012


Great blog!

October 25, 2012


Another very nice blog from you. Thanks for the tips.

October 25, 2012


Thank you Dragos, you are more than welcome

October 25, 2012


Thanks for sharing !

October 25, 2012


Bogdan, by big LCD you mean having a notebook tethered to your camera?

October 25, 2012


very good article, I enjoyed it a lot and the tips and photos too!

October 25, 2012


The main new feature of CS6 that I liked most is the new Adobe Camera Raw,
I havent used Elements 10, sorry, I cant help comparing both products.

October 25, 2012


Yes your points are well made............ is Photoshop CS6 much better than Elements 10 ?.............
I imagine there is a big price differential. David

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